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ECI Welcomes the First 5 Strategy

November 21, 2018

Ireland’s first ever early years strategy, First 5, was published to much fanfare yesterday.

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Early Childhood Ireland welcomes publication of ‘First 5’, the national early years strategy

November 19, 2018

Early Childhood Ireland welcomes the publication this morning of First 5, the long-awaited national early years strategy for Ireland. This cross-Departmental, ten-year plan is an important milestone for babies, children, their families, and communities around the country.

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Widespread calls for more investment in early years

September 11, 2018

With budget 2019 just under a month away, organisations across Ireland have been releasing their budget submissions, listing what they want to see money spent on in the next budget.

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Support Point Update 21 August 2018

August 21, 2018

This week we look at employment contracts, the updated list of DCYA recognised qualifications, and adult:child ratios.

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Support Point Update 14 August 2018

August 14, 2018

In this week's update, we look at the 2018/2019 DCYA programme funding rules, and our question of the week covers outing consent forms.

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More receiving government funded childcare

August 1, 2018

The DCYA recently announced that over 200,000 children now avail of governmental childcare schemes. This includes 119,000 children taking part in the ECCE programme.

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July 2018

July 11, 2018

Read all our editions of Early Times Weekly from July 2018.

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Support Point Update 24th April 2018

April 25, 2018

Data breaches, the basic needs of children & infants in early years services in relation to food, and if an ECCE registration needs to be changed if a child regularly misses the same day each week.

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Calling all early years providers

April 10, 2018

The deadline for receipt of the Independent Review of Costs survey is Thursday 12th April. ECI encourages all providers who have not yet completed their survey to do so as a matter of urgency. This piece of work is critical for the future of the sector and the results will without doubt influence early years sector policy and budgets for a number of years.

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Under the Radar Advocacy

April 5, 2018

Early Childhood Ireland (ECI) was delighted to have a recent policy ‘win’ for our members and that has prompted us in this month’s edition of ‘Advocacy in Action’ to focus on our daily advocacy work which is by its nature somewhat hidden from view.

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